Nole beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the Sunday night session to advance into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters.
This will be Novak’s ninth appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (30-6 record).
Novak took part in the 10th Annual Desert Smash Pro-Celebrity Tennis exhibition at La Quinta Resort & Club.
Nole and his friend and rival Andy Murray were among the world’s leading tennis stars and former greats who took part in celebration of the World Tennis Day.
The 10th Annual Desert Smash hosted by Will Ferrell is where pro tennis and Hollywood collide to support Cancer for College on March 4.
Novak and Murray will play an exhibition match at New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate World Tennis Day (Tuesday 02.30h CET).
Novak’s Dubai campaign was ended in semi-finals when he fell to no.4 seed Roger Federer 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in one hour and 46 minutes.
Top seed and four-time titlist advanced into the semi-finals of the Dubai ATP 500 event on Thursday. He next faces Roger Federer.
Novak cruised into the last eight of the ATP World Tour 500 event with a 6-1, 6-3 win over world no.51 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Top seed and four-time champion opened his title defence with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
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